Bishop Foley’s volleyball season ends with regional playoff loss

By: Mark Vest | Madison - Park News | Published November 8, 2018

 Madison Heights Bishop Foley volleyball players Erin Craig, left, and Victoria Barney go for a block Nove. 6 during a regional semifinal playoff loss against Brown City High. Foley came away from the season with the program’s third  consecutive district championship.

Madison Heights Bishop Foley volleyball players Erin Craig, left, and Victoria Barney go for a block Nove. 6 during a regional semifinal playoff loss against Brown City High. Foley came away from the season with the program’s third consecutive district championship.

Photo by Sean Work

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MADISON HEIGHTS — Madison Heights Bishop Foley volleyball concluded its season with a 3-1 loss against Brown City High in a Division 3 regional semifinal Nov. 6 at home.

Brown City took the first set 26-24. The Ventures then bounced back with a 25-16 win in the second game before falling 25-23 and 26-24 to close out the match.

“I think we ended on a high note,” Foley coach Megan Gignac said following the match. “We’ve really kind (of) improved over the season. I think we ended with the best game we’ve played all year. So, that was nice to see.”

Prior to the loss against Brown City, Foley won the program’s third consecutive district championship with a 3-1 victory against Royal Oak Shrine Nov. 1 at home.

It was the Ventures’ fourth district title in the last five years.

“Just winning districts itself was a positive for us,” Gignac said. “We’ve been struggling so to win districts kind (of) gave us a little confidence at the end of the season.”

Aside from seniors Caroline Bishop, Victoria Barney, Mallory Johnson and Madigan Tierney, Foley’s roster was made up of one freshman, five sophomores and four juniors.

Although there are some crucial positions to be filled, Gignac said Foley is going to reload next year and be “ready to go.”

“We do have younger athletes that are ready to fill those shoes,” Gignac said. “So, I’m anxious to see in a year what they’ll be able (to) produce.”

When it comes to improvement, it can be hard to beat experience. And for as tough as the loss to Brown City was, it has the potential to provide valuable lessons for the players who went through it.

“I think this season they struggled with confidence,” Gignac said. “So, I think they learned tonight that if you can play with a little finesse, a little confidence, that you can beat teams like that. Couple times during the match, they kind (of) lost their cool. They make an error, and they let it get in their head instead of just shaking it off and moving to the next ball. So, I think a lot of them learned you’ve got (to) let go of those mistakes and just make a better play the next time.”

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